8 San­deson mur­der ap­peal slow mov­ing

Week­end, Oc­to­ber 13-15, 2017 Con­victed killer serv­ing life sen­tence Hal­i­fax

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - NEWS - Zane Wood­ford Metro | Hal­i­fax

As he serves his life sen­tence in prison for first-de­gree mur­der, Wil­liam San­deson’s ap­peal process is inch­ing for­ward.

San­deson, now 25, was con­victed in Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court in June af­ter a two-month trial, and was sen­tenced to life in prison with no pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity for 25 years.

Chris Hansen, spokesman with the Nova Sco­tia Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice, said Thurs­day the court is cur­rently work­ing on tran­scrib­ing the au­dio from San­deson’s trial. That’s ex­pected to be done by the end of March 2018. In the mean­time, Hansen said Nova Sco­tia Le­gal Aid has to deal with “an out­stand­ing is­sue about rep­re­sen­ta­tion.”

On Aug. 1, 2018, there will be a sta­tus re­port pre­sented in a tele­con­fer­ence between one of the judges han­dling the ap­peal, the Crown and the de­fence.

At some point af­ter that — it’s too soon to pre­dict when, Hansen said — San­deson will make his case for an ap­peal in front of a panel of three judges who would ei­ther deny the ap­peal, or over­turn his con­vic­tion and grant a new trial.

Be­fore his sen­tenc­ing hear­ing in July, San­deson filed an ap­peal based on 10 grounds. Among those, San­deson wrote that trial judge Jus­tice Josh Arnold made in­cor­rect ev­i­dence rul­ings dur­ing the trial, the jury ren­dered an “un­rea­son­able ver­dict,” and Arnold was wrong to “al­low” me­dia to re­port on pre­vi­ously banned ev­i­dence while the jury was se­questered.

In his ap­peal doc­u­ments, San­deson asks the court to set aside his con­vic­tion and grant him a new trial for sec­ond-de­gree, not first-de­gree mur­der.

Af­ter 22 hours of de­lib­er­a­tion end­ing on June 18 of this year, a jury of 12 found San­deson guilty of first-de­gree mur­der in the killing 22-yearold Tay­lor Sam­son on Aug. 15, 2015.

Sam­son was last seen alive on sur­veil­lance video that night, walk­ing into San­deson’s Hal­i­fax apart­ment with a big black duf­fel bag for what he thought was a drug deal — 20 pounds, or nine kilo­grams, of mar­i­juana for $40,000.

Sam­son’s body was never found.

THE Cana­dian PRESS

Hal­i­fax med­i­cal stu­dent Wil­liam San­deson, left, has been found guilty of first-de­gree mur­der in the death of 22-year-old Tay­lor Sam­son.

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